In July 2018 Oceania Province of the Christian Brothers established Edmund Rice Ministries Oceania (ERMO) to have oversight of the sixteen ministries around Oceania that look to the life and example of Blessed Edmund Rice as their inspiration.
Edmund Rice Ministries Oceania (ERMO) is seeking an enthusiastic and experienced Executive Officer (EO) to lead the organisation into the next phase.
Under the direction of the ERMO Board, the Executive Officer will provide oversight and operational leadership to ensure the needs of the Province and its ministries are met, give strategic direction in collaboration with the Board and Executive team and represent and promote the mission, values and programme of Edmund Rice Mission Oceania.
The EO must be motivated to make a meaningful contribution to all Edmund Rice Ministries including Camp communities that work with young people experiencing disadvantage and the provision of support and services to refugees and those who are marginalised.
Duties include but are not limited to:
The position is full-time and for a maximum term of three years including a 6 month probation period commencing early August 2019. This role can be based in either Melbourne or Brisbane.
For a confidential discussion or more information about the role, contact Board Chair Helen Mahoney on 0408 720 011
To apply, please submit your CV and covering letter addressed to:
The Board Chair – ERMO - to firstname.lastname@example.org
Or mail Attention HR: P.O. Box 851 Parkville VIC 3052.
The successful applicant must be willing to undergo Working with Children and Police checks
Applications close 5:00pm (AEST) Friday 7th June 2019.
We’ve been selected to participate in Local Matters at Grill’d Tea Tree Plaza this May!
Local Matters is the Grill’d community donation program that sees each Grill’d restaurant donate $500 back into the community every month. The donation is split between 3 local community groups $300 / $100 / $100.
HOW YOU CAN HELP?
We’d love your support in receiving the highest $300 donation! Simply head to Grill’d Tea Tree Plaza during May for a burger and pop your Local Matters token in our jar. The group with the most tokens at the end of the month receives the largest donation.
It’s a simple (and delicious) way to show your support!
You’ll find us on a jar at Grill’d Tea Tree Plaza, Tea Tree Plaza.
We are super excited to be a part of the People's Choice Community Lottery this year.
Buy a ticket in support of ERCSA before midnight May 10 to be in the running to win a Toyota Yaris Ascent valued at $20,471. All tickets purchased during the early bird period will go into the draw to win a prize in the main prize pool, worth over $360,000!
Buy your tickets HERE
Have a read through the entire prize pool HERE.
A few weeks ago we had our April Back2Back Activity Days.Firstly, a big thank you to all the volunteers who made the experience so fun for all those involved. Another HUGE thank you has to go to St Paul's College for the use of their facilities. It couldn't have happened without their support!
Here's some of the feedback we received from one of the participant's parents.
"My son thoroughly enjoyed it and I'm not sure how they do it but he has come away again with such a boost to his self-esteem and confidence. He struggles in those areas and it was lovely to see him smiling from ear to ear.
He has 'begged' me to find out if he is able to attend their July camp. As he came out of the door when I picked him up, he said 'Mum did you see how they all came to say goodbye to me? I think they like me, mum.' The staff/volunteers made him feel so special."
Leader's Weekend 2019 was a HUGE success. With 20 people in attendance over 3 days we all walked away renewed and ready to jump into 2019. Here's what one of our volunteers Jess had to say about the experience.
"I had the privilege of attending the 2019 leaders weekend, an opportunity that sparked refreshed passion for the ERCSA organisation. This past weekend, spent with like-minded people, certainly grounded me as to my place within this community. I could not have asked for a more wonderful group of people to lead alongside (quality banter also) as well as share a reflective space with. The sessions were well thought out and encouraged each leader to step out their comfort zone even in the presence of their peers. This included our Executive Officer, Jess Alikaris who we could not be more grateful and proud to have in the organisation. On Sunday the dynamic changed into a more creative space where the leaders were shown more of the BTS aspect of ERCSA. We were able to develop our own ideas and make a contribution to the more technical aspects of running these wonderful camps. Leaders Weekend ignited a fire in all of us. For me, I can’t wait to continue this journey, with my community, in creating the magic that is Edmund Rice Camps South Australia."
Thank you to everyone who contributed to make the weekend so special.
I am thrilled to announce that Stefan Curran has been appointed as our new Program and Administration Officer.
Stefan has a long and valued history with ERCSA and has been an incredibly dedicated member of our community for past 6 years both as a volunteer and in various short term paid casual roles. Over the past few months Stefan has played an integral part in the success of our 2019 Summer Camps season.
Stefan offers stability, experience, and initiative, and I am keen to see him continue the momentum from January in using his knowledge to capacity build others, ultimately working toward a thriving community once again.
Stefan will be in the office on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. His primary focus will be on the planning and development of programs, Volunteer engagement, and the delivery and evaluation of programs. We are still working to get him set up with his own email address so bear with us while we sort things out over the next few days.
Please join me in welcoming Stefan and wishing him all the best in this new role. Stefan’s willingness to contribute to ERCSA in this capacity is a real testament both to his commitment, and to the impactful work that we do.
Last month we had two very successful Amazon Adventure summer camps. During the week of the Older Kids camp we were delighted to have a visit from one of our board members Filip Puccini. Here is his reflection of what he experienced:
“At the camp, I witnessed youthful enthusiasm, uninhibited fun, noise, and laughter. A united group in their experience...The camp experience makes you realise that youth is a special time, and childhood maybe more important. One’s childhood shapes them for many years to come. The impact of our volunteering helps us to make an impact on someone’s life that may last many years. In fact, the benefit (to the children and us) may not be realised within ourselves for years to come...A leader’s time in ERC is a chance to be surrounded by quality people, and to make lasting friendships. It is a time to give time to something for the greater good and to enjoy yourself along the way.”
Amongst our SA leaders on the Younger Kids camp we were also greeted with a visit from Isaiah from Tasmania.
"With open hands, and I felt at home with this bunch of Eddie Ricers. The week was just incredible, and I learnt so much from both the other inspiring leaders and the amazing kids that I spent time with. Of course the magic of Eddie Rice surrounded all the volunteers and participants throughout the week.
Being in a different state, there were differences in the camp experience in South Australia to Tasmania, and it was very interesting to see all these throughout the week. One specific activity that I enjoyed that I hadn’t done before was candle sharing, where all of the camp come together in a nice reflective space and pass a candle around. It was just incredibly beautiful to see that all our hard work was making a difference. Although there differences in the camp experience, it was easy to see that all Eddie Ricers, no matter where they are from, were there for the same reason; to make the world a better place.
I truly am very grateful to have had this experience I have gained so much from this opportunity and feel as through I’ve grown as a leader because of it. I definitely hope to go back sometime soon and see all the familiar faces, and also to do even more camps abroad."
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of both camps!
Congratulations to our 2018 Volunteer award recipients:
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR - STEFAN
The Edmund Rice Camps SA Volunteer of the Year Award is an initiative developed to recognise and celebrate volunteer effort within our community. The award recognises and honours a single volunteer each year through a peer nomination process.
Stefan has proved himself to be an integral part of our community in 2018. His commitment to ERCSA both on camp and behind the scenes is admirable, and his unwavering passion and dedication to the cause makes him a very valued part of our community.
RISING STAR - TAYAH
The Edmund Rice Camps SA Rising Star Award aims to recognise one volunteer who has started their volunteering journey with ERCSA within the last 12 months, who has shown considerable leadership potential and who has made an impression on those around them including both participants and volunteers. This award also takes into account their commitment to our mission, their compassion and their presence on our programs.
Tayah joined us in early 2018 and after a memorable start to the year she has shown herself to be an enthusiastic and engaging leader. Tayah’s vibrant personality and immense dedication to the Edmund Rice ethos has made a welcomed impression on our community.
FIRE CARRIER - ALEX
The Edmund Rice Camps SA Fire Carrier Award aims to recognise one volunteer who has perpetuated the values of Edmund Rice and his spirit within the organisation within the last 12 months. This person would have shown considerable presence, liberation, and compassion in working with those around them including both participants and volunteers on our programs.
Alex is passionate about the core values of ERCSA and the power of positive relationships. Alex reflects the ERCSA spirit by supporting those we serve, and is also very thoughtful when it comes to empowering everyone to rise together. Alex is a very kind and considered supporting presence to all on camp.
It is with mixed feelings that I wish to announce that Adrian Szabo will be leaving his positon as Volunteer Support Worker here at ERCSA. A feeling of sadness to see him go, and yet happiness to see where the Spirit will take him into 2019 and beyond.
Adrian joined ERCSA as a volunteer in 2013 and has been an integral part of the organisation since then. In 2017 Adrian took on the role of Volunteer Support Worker, and has worked to continue to be a valuable member of our community in this role.
Adrian’s outgoing personality (and interesting choice in shirts!) has helped to create a welcoming environment for all. His contributions and presence both as a volunteer and staff member will be missed.
I have no doubt that wherever Adrian takes himself next he will continue to prove himself as a passionate, dedicated member of that organisation. I also have no doubt that we will see Adrian back at ERCSA in some capacity in the future.
I am sure that many of you will want to take the opportunity to thank Adrian for his time and wish him well. Adrian’s last day will be Monday 17th December and we will be organising a farewell for this day, which we will send you the details of shorty.
If you are unable to attend the farewell, please feel free to send Adrian a quick email, I am sure he would appreciate hearing from you.
On a personal note, I would like to formally thank Adrian for the time that we have shared together over the past few years. The highs, the lows, and everything in between are memories that I will forever treasure. The interesting choice in shirts I probably won’t miss as much!
Looking forward to celebrating Adrian’s time with ERCSA on Monday 17th December.
Again, on behalf of ERCSA I would like to wish Adrian all the best. It’s not goodbye, it’s see you soon.
Vic has been a volunteer with us for a little under a year and is an absolute super star!
Here's a bit of her ERCSA journey.
Why did you start volunteering with camps? (What/who motivated you?
I was introduced to ERCSA in high school. A few friends used to volunteer in January and always seemed to have a great time and return for more. When I started uni I began volunteering at a school tutoring program for refugees and helped out on another organisation's kids camp. When in second year, my friend suggested we give ERCSA a go I was keen to jump on board after years of intending to do so. I had really enjoyed working with kids who needed a bit of a leg-up, and after the Summer Camps Launch in December 2017, ERCSA seemed like a great opportunity to continue doing that. On reflection, it's exceeded all expectations and I plan to volunteer on many future camps.
What is your favourite memory from your ERCSA journey?
On the April weekend camp earlier this year, a few local high school students hosted a football clinic. At one point I was helping on the 'goal kicking' station and noticed one of the quieter boys pick up a ball. From the looks of things, he had never had the opportunity to practice footy skills, but before long a group of volunteers and campers were encouraging him as he learnt to kick. I will never forget the smile on his face as the ball crossed the goal line. While only a short moment in the scheme of things, it's memories like this that make it all worth it.
What has being an ERCSA volunteer done for you?
The thing I love about ERCSA is how it not only focuses on supporting the kids, but also the volunteers. Working with the campers is no doubt the main reason us volunteers are present, and working with them is certainly one of the most rewarding aspects. However, I really enjoy how all the volunteers get opportunities to reflect along the way. It helps me grow as a person but equally helps us support one another and form close friendships. Collectively, we become better volunteers to best support the kids. If you've ever thought about joining us on a camp and hesitated, I would highly recommend! Yes, you may face challenges and require a full day to catch up on sleep post-camp. But, it is one of the most welcoming and rewarding experiences on record and I would have started earlier if I had known just how good they would be!
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